Federal Detention Center Miami is an administrative-security federal prison located in Miami, Florida. It is also known as FDC Miami and FCC Miami. The facility houses male and female inmates.
Table of contents
- FDC Miami Contact Information
- Federal Detention Center Miami Inmate Information
- FDC Miami Prison Services Information
- FDC Miami Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings
- Visitation Information for FDC Miami
- FDC Miami Prison Culture Information
- FDC Miami in the News
- More Information About Federal Detention Center Miami
FDC Miami Contact Information
Facility Address & Contact Information
Federal Detention Center Miami
33 NE 4th Street
Miami, FL 33132
Email: [email protected]
Inmate Correspondence Address
Inmate Name and Registration Number
Federal Detention Center
P.O. Box 019120
Miami, FL 33101
How to Send Money
Funds cannot be sent directly to inmates. See our page on sending money to federal prisoners.
Federal Detention Center Miami Inmate Information
Male and Female Inmates
Prison Security Level
FDC Miami is located east of Miami International Airport in downtown Miami, at the corner of N.E. 4th Street and N. Miami Avenue.
BOP Institution Code
MIM for FDC Miami
Medical Care Level
Level 2. See our page on Medical Care Levels and Procedures for more information.
Mental Health Care Level
Southern District of Florida
FDC Miami houses approximately 1,345 inmates.
FDC Miami Prison Services Information
Federal Detention Center Miami is an administrative-security federal prison in Miami, Florida, which houses both male and female inmates. It was opened in 1985.
FDC Miami houses pre-trial and pre-sentence detainees of the U.S. Marshals Service. Many of the detainees are involved in federal court proceedings in the Southern District of Florida.
Media reports indicate that at least one guard has been indicted for sexually assaulting a female detainee, at least one guard has been charged with smuggling contraband, and two prisoners have been indicted for a mail and wire fraud scheme. Additionally, at least one inmate has committed suicide at the prison.
Inmates are housed in two-person cells.
Services available to inmates include sick call, x-rays, lab, dental, pharmacy, female health care, and emergency treatment. The clinic is open 24 hours a day for emergency care needs.
FDC Miami offers crisis intervention, brief counseling sessions, individual counseling, and follow-ups with inmates who are prescribed psychotropic medication. Psychology Services also offers a number of specialized programs dealing with mental health care, including The Resolve Program (which focuses on physical and/or sexual abuse) and nonresidential counseling groups, which focus on coping skills, building healthy relationships, and enhancing emotional stability. Inmates can request program placement by submitting an Inmate Request to Staff form (also known as a cop-out).
Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP)
FDC Miami does not offer the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). However, the institution does offer drug abuse programming, including a Drug Abuse Education Course and Non-Residential Drug Abuse Treatment Program (NR-DAP).
FDC Miami Educational, Library, and Recreation Offerings
FDC Miami provides mandatory literacy, GED, and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) programs. High school diplomas and post-secondary degrees are available through paid correspondence programs.
Advanced Occupational Education
FDC Miami offers advanced occupational education in Computerized Engraving, Custodial Technician, and Food Handler programs.
FDC Miami does not offer any vocational training programs aside from the advanced occupational education offerings.
FDC Miami does not offer any apprenticeship programs.
Leisure and law libraries are available at FDC Miami. The leisure library offers magazines, newspapers, fiction, nonfiction, and reference books. Inmates are provided access to legal materials and an opportunity to prepare legal documents through the use of the TRULINCS Electronic Law Library. A copy machine is available to reproduce materials needed for research. Electric typewriters are also available for inmate use.
FDC Miami does not house a UNICOR facility.
Inmates can spend up to $360.00 per month on items such as sodas, ice cream, food, clothing, electronics, and shoes. Each inmate at FDC Miami receives a commissary card upon arrival. They must have their commissary ID card in their possession at all times.
Inmates at FDC Miami have access to organized and informal games, wellness activities, curricular and extracurricular activities, sports, social activities, artwork, hobby crafts, table games, and board games. Board games include chess, checkers, dominoes, table tennis, Monopoly, Uno, Scrabble, Risk, Parcheesi, backgammon, and card games. Leisure activities for inmates include crocheting, step aerobics, stair-stepping machines, calisthenics, and exercise bikes. Competitive tournaments take place weekly in basketball, soccer, handball, dominoes, spades, bingo, and bowling.
Visitation Information for FDC Miami
On Sunday and Saturday visitation is held between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. On federal holidays visitation is held between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. See our page on prisoner visitation rules for more information.
FDC Miami Prison Culture Information
Prison Politics at Federal Detention Center Miami
This is a very political Federal Detention Center.
Level of Violence
The violence is high at this facility. According to one inmate, “there is an altercation every day and the use of weapons (e.g., knives, locks, etc.) are not uncommon.” Theft is also reported to be a problem.
Sex offenders and transgender inmates are generally checked-in, while homosexual inmates can generally stay.
Bad at FDC Miami
“Food sucks. COs laugh at inmates’ problems.” “Floors bare concrete in many rooms.” “Frequent lockdowns.” “Medieval attitudes.”
Other Inmate Comments
“Most of the staff here act unprofessionally. It appears as though since they don’t show each other respect, they don’t feel the need to show respect to the inmates.”
FDC Miami in the News
In June 2018, Federal Detention Center Miami guard Michael Mazar was sentenced to five years in prison and nearly $9 million in restitution for his role in a $9 million prison-based fraud scheme, which involved smuggling a cell phone and other contraband into con man Jimmy Sabatino.
In November 2017, Jimmy Sabatino, who was serving time at FDC Miami for skipping out on bills for luxury hotels and goods while pretending to be a music industry bigwig, was sentenced to 20 years for a $9 million fraud scheme, in which luxury goods were sent to Valerie Kay Hunt and Denise Siksha Lewis on the outside, that he ran from his cell. Sabatino, fellow prisoner George Duquen, Hunt, and Lewis had also impersonated employees of Sony Music Entertainment and Roc Nation as part of this scam.
Also in November 2017, Damon Coleman, a guard at FDC Miami, was sentenced to eight months for the sexual assault of a female pretrial detainee.
In September 2006, immigration agents arrested 15 illegal aliens originating from Mexico and Guatemala who were hired to fix the roof of FDC Miami.
In January 2005, Richard Hirshfield, who was imprisoned for securities fraud in 1991 and was being held at FDC Miami awaiting trial on additional charges, hanged himself in the detention center’s laundry room.
More Information About Federal Detention Center Miami
For a comprehensive look at life in federal prison, pick up a copy of Christopher Zoukis’ Federal Prison Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Surviving the Federal Bureau of Prisons. For more detailed information about FDC Miami, please buy a copy of the Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions by Christopher Zoukis.
Published Jun 3, 2018 by Christopher Zoukis, JD, MBA | Last Updated by Christopher Zoukis, JD, MBA on May 5, 2022 at 10:01 pm